Speeding Ticket Attorney Raleigh
There are many factors you must consider if you have been charge for speeding. Depending on the answers to these questions, you may or may not need to hire a Raleigh Speeding Ticket Attorney.
- Will my drivers license be affected?
- How much will my insurance increase?
- How much are court costs and fines?
- How much time will it require for me to handle the case?
Each of these are valid questions to ask yourself if you have been charged for speeding in Wake County and are questions you should ask a Raleigh attorney. If you have been charged for speeding in Raleigh or somewhere else in Wake County, making an informed decision and hiring an attorney may make a big difference in your case. The Dozier Law Firm handles all types of traffic tickets and criminal defense. Attorney Chris Dozier will work hard for you to get the best possible outcome in your case in order to minimize both DMV and insurance affects that you may potentially suffer as a result of a speeding ticket.
DRIVERS LICENSE AFFECT:
Your drivers license may be affected resulting in a revocation of your license for many speeding offenses. Potential drivers license revocations include:
- Two or more speeding convictions in excess of 55 mph, but not more than 80 mph, within 12 months.
- Two or more convictions, one of reckless driving and one of in excess of 55 mph, but not more than 80 mph, within 12 months.
- Two or more convictions, one of aggressive driving and one of in excess of 55 mph, but not more than 80 mph, within 12 months.
- Conviction in excess of 75 mph where the maximum speed is less than 70 mph.
- Conviction in excess of 80 mph where the maximum speed limit is 70 mph.
- Conviction of more than 15 mph over the speed limit, in excess of 55 mph (carries a 30 day suspension, privilege available for “first offense”).
Also, note that if you are convicted of speeding in excess of 25 mph over the speed limit then you may not be eligible for PJC (Prayer for Judgment Continued) or a reduction to Improper Equipment (again, Wake County currently does not offer I.E. reductions). In addition, the NC DMV will assign points for conviction of North Carolina’s Motor Vehicle Laws. If a driver accumulates 12 or more points within a three-year period, the NC DMV may suspend your license. Currently Wake County does not offer reduction of tickets to non-moving violations such as “improper equipment” nor do Wake County Prosecutors routinely dismiss speeding tickets.
COURT COSTS & FINES:
Generally court cost in Wake County for speeding tickets is $188. Fines can range anywhere from $0 to $50 or more. A reduction in your speed may result in a lower court fine.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO HANDLE THE CASE YOURSELF?:
In most cases when you are charged for speeding in Wake County your case will be set in courtroom 101 in the Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh and you can appear between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm on your court date. Generally lines are longer in the morning causing waits of up to 1 hour or more, even for a continuance of your case. This does not include finding parking in downtown Raleigh, going through the metal detectors and finding the courtroom.
Once you have navigated and have found yourself in the courtroom and have waited in line to check-in, you then must wait for a prosecutor to get to your case. After discussing your case with a prosecutor you can then negotiate a plea agreement yourself or ask for a continuance. At that point, your case may be presented to a Judge who you will have to wait on him or her to call your case before the Court. In addition, for certain speeding offenses and drivers under the age of 21, you will be required to complete a traffic safety course which will require you to continue your case at least one more time in order for you to enroll and complete the course. Once all is said and done, you can expect to have spent an hour or more (likely 2 – 3 hours) trying to handle your speeding ticket yourself.
If you’d like to learn more about Raleigh Speeding ticket lawyer Chris Dozier, please call (919) 443-0911 or contact us.